The Hidden Ways and Means of Antonio Vignali's La Cazzaria
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- ARSICCIO [...] E che diavolo ne fai tu intorno al culo, se tu non ne impari cosa alcuna? Che diavol ti è giovato e giova il tanto fottere ed essere bugerato, se tu non ne hai tanto di construtto di saper almanco perché i coglioni non ti sono un tratto entrati nel culo o tu non gli hai al altro o dietro o dinanzi cacciati? (Vignali, La Cazzaria, 50)
- (Arsiccio: [...] What the devil have you been doing poking around the asshole if you haven't learned anything about it? What use has it been to you to have fucked and to have been buggered so often if you haven't even contrived to learn at the very least why no one's balls have ever once entered your ass and you've never put yours in anyone from the front or behind? [Vignali, The Book of the Prick, 83]).
- For the historical background and publishing history [of La Cazzaria] , see Pasquale Stoppelli's "Nota bio-bibliografica," 29-33 and "Note al testo," 153-162 in his edition of La Cazzarla. See also Paula Findlen, "Humanism, Politics and Pornography," 92.
- "In the introduction to his English translation, La Cazzarla. The Book of the Prick, Ian Frederick Moulton explores the connection between Vignali's text and those of Pietro Aretino, among others; see pp. 1-8. See also Carla Forno, // "libro animato 310. Regarding the relationship between La Cazzaria and Antonio Rocco's L'Alcibiade fanciullo a scola, see Findlen, 88, 94; and Philippe-Jean Salazar, "Sex and Rhetoric," 18. The relation between Vignali's and Rocco's texts is a rich and potentially very fruitful field of inquiry regarding the treatment of submission, seduction, complicity, and knowledge; this, however, is beyond the immediate scope of the present study. In addition to the introductions and notes to the Italian and English editions of L'Alcibiade, I refer to Salazar's insightful article. See note 30, below, for one further observation regarding Antonio Vignali, Pietro Aretino, and Antonio Rocco."
- "Regarding the definitions and debates over what constitutes pornography, see Laurence O'Toole, Pornocopia, 1-26. Its thorny and elusive nature is summed up by O'Toole with these words: "Despite all the talk and trials over porn, any attempt to fix upon a satisfactory, abiding definition has failed" (6). Although O'Toole does discuss the differences between what is considered pornography and eroticism, perhaps the most succinct definition was provided by Roman Polanski during the making of his film. Bitter Moon: "Eroticism is where you use a feather and pornography is where you use the whole chicken" (Peter Howarth).
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